Concerning the new Alabama Immigration Bill, the Times Daily reports that:

But the key sponsor of Alabama’s recently passed illegal immigration bill said employers won’t have to use the system on current employees. “It is only for new hires,” House Majority Leader Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, said Tuesday.

Nevertheless, the statute states:

Section 15. (a) No business entity, employer, or public employer shall knowingly employ, hire for employment, or continue to employ an unauthorized alien to perform work within the State of Alabama. Knowingly employ, hire for employment, or continue to employ an unauthorized alien means the actions described in 8 U.S.C. Section 1324a.

Additionally, if your business contracts with any governmental agency or receives a grant or incentive:

Section  9(a) As a condition for the award of any contract, grant, or incentive . . . , the business entity or employer shall provide documentation establishing that the business entity or employer is enrolled in the E-Verify program. During the performance of the contract, the business entity or employer shall participate in the E-Verify program and shall verify every employee that is required to be verified according to the applicable federal rules and regulations.

Presumably, if an employer is found to “continue to employ an unauthorized alien,”  the business shall be mandated to:

  • Fire the employee,
  • File quarterly reports with the local district attorney of each new employee who is hired by the business in the state for three years.
  • Promise to never do it again.
  • Lose its business licenses for ten days.

This statute makes no differentiation concerning new hires and current employees.

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